MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2015

Hold on to your post-hipster tam o'shanters kids, here we go again with another versatile MISCmedia MAIL, your local news for a sanguine world.

WEATHER

Not as warm, with morning clouds.

L'AFFAIRE DOLEZAL

Rachel Dolezal resigned as Spokane's NAACP head early Monday, insisting she'll "never stop fighting for human rights." (HuffPo) 

Here's her full statement. (Slog) 

In a "Today" interview, Dolezal insists she "identifies as black" and has since age 5. (KING) 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar first quips that Dolezal's courage has enabled him to annouce that he's been living a lie—that he's really 5-foot-7. Then he takes a more serious tone to note that scientifically, there's really no such thing as "race." (Time)  

YOU KNOW (OR RATHER, KNEW) THE DRILL

Shell's Arctic drilling platform snuck out of Elliott Bay just after dawn Monday. "Kayaktivist" protesters (including City Councilmember Mike O'Brien) hit the water trying to stop it; the Coast Guard detained O'Brien and 23 others. (Slog) (Slog video) 

Other protestors caught up with the rig off Port Townsend, stopping its movement for several hours. (Greenpeace) 

Meanwhile, the EPA said Shell can dump the rig's industrial and/or human wastes into the sea. (Joel Connelly) 

ELSEWHERE IN ECO

Some of Washington's small-town and rural water systems could go dry this summer. (KPLU) 

The railroads aren't saying how many oil trains are going through western Washington, but some activists (including a former NSA official) are setting up their own recon campaign to find out. (KUOW)  

Federal wildlife officials are thinking of "restoring" grizzly bear populations on public lands in the Cascades. (AP) 

O GIVE ME A HOME

Mayor Murray's "Housing Affordability and Livability Committee" scrambles to get its recommendations finished by the end of the month; won't seek state approval for rent control. (Slog)  

Residents of a soon-to-be-razed Capitol Hill townhome are petitioning to stop or delay the project that would replace it, citing the presence of an "exceptional" magnolia tree on the property that they say should be protected. (KIRO-TV)  

Redfin reports that for every 1 percent increase in tech workers in the Seattle-Tacoma area, there's an 0.5 percent increase in housing prices "above and beyond the national rate of appreciation." (Seattlish)  

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Our pal Goldy, who cares about the Seattle Times eidtorial board much more than I ever could, notes wiht chagrined pride that it's finally come around to endorsing a state capital gains tax. (HorsesAss) 

NEWS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

A potential Big Thing came from the state Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of sealing people's juvenile criminal-justice records. (Crosscut)  

SOMETHING FISHY

In time for the end of the viaduct and the big waterfront redo, the Seattle Aquarium plans another big expansion. (PSBizJournal)  

ED

The U. of Puget Sound no longer requires SAT scores from prospective students, joining a handful of other colleges around the country. (SeaTimes)  

THE FRUITS OF THEIR LABOR

Union organizing among farm workers is back, right here in Washington, at a Burlington berry farm. (KUOW) 

SUM SUM SUMMERTIME

A 1,000-foot water slide is coming to (somewhere in) Seattle in July. (PI.com)  

MY HEROINE

Now-retired UPS driver Diane Larson, whom I interviewed for the Belltown Messenger circa 2009, played a role in discovering a caregiver who was buying stuff for herself with the money of a dying woman in her care. (KOMO)  

ECO HISTORY

Jacques Cousteau's ship Calypso was originally built in Ballard during WWII. Someone wants a commemorative marker at the site. (MyBallard)  

THE ECONOMICS OF CULTURE

Knute Berger reminds you that being a city with "a burgeoning 'creative class'" isn't the same thing as being a city that nurtures actual artists. (Crosscut) 

WATCHING THE WATCHMEN

A Federal monitor says Seattle police really ought to start wearing body cams, immediately. (Slog) 

THE ECONOMICS OF ECSTASY

What's billed as America's first sex toy vending machine is coming to Philadelphia. (Newsworks) 

THE MILITARY-MEDIA COMPLEX

Despite the constant rhetoric about the U.S. having dangerous foes every which where, Stephen Kinzer in a Boston Globe op-ed asserts: "The United States has no potent enemies. We are not only safe, but safer than any big power has been in all of modern history."

OUR GAY APPAREL

Same-sex marriage is now essentially legal in Mexico. (NYT)  

FOLLOW THE MONEY

Wall Street is allegedly "tired of supporting socially conservative Republicans." (Yahoo! News)  

BIZ

The Illinois company calling itself Boeing may craft an all-new replacement for the "middle of the market" 757 jet within the next decade. (SeaTimes) 

After RadioShack, the next mall mainstay to shrink itself is Gap, closing one-sixth of its U.S. stores. (AP) 

R.I.P.

Blaze Starr, 83, old-school burlesque dancer, club owner, and nudie-cutie movie star, portrayed in the '89 film "Blaze." (Baltimore Sun) 

BOOX

Local books for summer reading pleasure and/or edification, including our pal David Neiwert on orca survival (also see below). (SeattleMag)  

SPORTS

Mariners actually beat the World Series champ Giants 5-1. They continue at San Francisco this afternoon; then both teams come to Seattle for two games.

Sounders FC in a U.S. Open Cup match vs. Portland tonight, at the Starfire Sports complex in Tukwila.

Storm at KeyArena vs. Connecticut tonight.

TONIGHT

First signing for "Of Orcas and Men," our pal David Neiwert's book on "What Killer Whales Can Teach Us." (Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N.) 

"Crossroads: An Evening of Seattle History," films and videos about the city's past wrenching changes. (NW Film Forum) 

INSIDE

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QUOTE O' THE DAY

(Leo Buscaglia): “Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.”

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